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Accies see off Westerton to add to trophy haul

Hamilton Accies BC 5

Coupland (2), Murdoch (2), Coyle

Westerton United 1

  • Sunday, 08 June 2014
  • Ochilview, Stenhousemuir
  • Under 14´s
  • Central Region Cup - Final

Kieran Green | YFS South East Region Journalist

Ochilview Park in Stenhousemuir was the venue for the Sunday version of the Central Region finals. The first of the 3 Sunday games was contested between Hamilton Accies BC and Westerton United at Under 14’s.
Straight from the kick off them aimed to put pressure on the Westerton back line. A long ball forward caused a problem for the Westerton defence, forcing them to concede the corner. The resulting corner was initially won in the air by Accies number 3 Sam Murdoch, and then Matthew McAlpine the Westerton keeper got a hand to the clearance, but it fell to Murdoch and he knocked the ball into the empty net. Accies 1-0 to the good.
Westerton looked to hit back straight away from their kick off. The dancing feet of Louis Black managed to work him into the box, but Stephen Mooney was out quickly to smother. An Accies free kick from 30 yards was swung into the back post, the header from Dylan Henry was goal bound, but for a superb save from McAlpine to push the ball away for a corner.
Not long after though, Accies doubled their lead. A ball into the box wide from the left hand side met the head of centre half Sam Murdoch, and he bulleted his header into the roof of the net. A fantastic header! 2-0 Accies.
Accies then came close to making it 3-0. Lewis Campbell played a neat ball inside to Henry on the edge of the penalty area. The striker had his back to goal, but he managed to turn Greg Martin, and he fired a shot towards goal, but it shaved the outside of the post.
Westerton did pull a goal back 25 minutes into the game. Louis Black creating the goal for himself with his magical quick feet on the edge of the box. He managed to shake off the presence of Murdoch, and then Martin Smith in order to finish into the bottom corner. 2-1 now and game on.
Only a few minutes later though, Accies restored their 2 goal advantage. A loose ball in the Westerton penalty area was pounced on by little Stephen Coupland, who prodded the ball into the bottom corner. As the dark clouds started to appear above, it was raining goals at Ochilview!
  • Half Time:
  • Hamilton Accies BC
  • 3-1
  • Westerton United
Just as the first half ended, the second half began with Accies scoring. Reece Coyle ran through the centre of the pitch unchallenged, then on the edge of the box, shifted onto his left foot, then back to his right, and fired the ball low across McAlpine into the corner to make it 4-1 to Accies. Nothing at all that the Westerton keeper could do.
The goals were coming thick and fast now, as Accies scored their 5th goal. The move started from full back Robbie Torrance, who fed the ball in to Coyle. He then played the ball into Henry, and his flick towards the middle was met by Stephen Coupland, and the rest was different class. He flicked the ball up past Westerton defender David Johnstone, and then volleyed into the bottom corner. Superb move all roumd, and a great finish. 5-1 Accies.
Hamilton were always dangerous going forward, with Dylan Henry causing problems down both flanks, using his pace and power to ease past players and get ball after ball into the box. His latest was in towards Coyle on the penalty spot, but the midfielder fired his shot just over the bar from 12 yards out.
Westerton looked to grab a consolation goal, but they found Mooney in the Accies goal tough to get past. Alastair Allan found some space inside the penalty area, after good work from Louis Black wide on the right. Allan took a touch and hit a half volley towards goal, but Mooney stood firm to tip the ball wide. A very good stop from the keeper.
With almost the last kick of the ball, a Westerton corner was cleared to the edge of the box, Johnstone hit a volley, and it crashed against the foot of the post. It just wasn’t to be for Westerton unfortunately.
A good Westerton side were beaten by an even better Accies one, who add the honour to their clean sweep in the Lanarkshire Youth FA.
  • Full Time:
  • Hamilton Accies BC
  • 5-1
  • Westerton United


Hamilton Accies BC
Westerton United
1. Stephen Mooney
2. Kieran Reid
3. Sam Murdoch
4. Reece Coyle
6. Lewis Campbell
8. Martin Smith
9. Joseph McDavid
10. Max McWilliams
11. Dylan Henry
12. Stephen Coupland
14. Aidan Allan
15. Christopher McFadden
16. Connor Reid
17. Kyle Miller
18. Kieran McConville
20. Robbie Torrance
1. Matthew McAlpine
2. Greg Martin
3. Leon Masterton
4. Cameron Gallagher
5. Robbie McCallum
6. Calum Drysdale
7. Jack McNulty
8. Cameron Milne
9. Ruairidh Dorbie
10. Louis Black
11. Fraser MacLean
12. Jack Ord
15. David Johnstone
16. Alistair Allan
Star Player
Hamilton Accies BC
Westerton United
There were many players who stood out for Hamilton, but for me Stephen Coupland had an excellent game. He was always willing to take players on, and he could do so with real ease. He chipped in with 2 goal, his second in particular was absolutely brilliant. The best player on the park for me.
Westerton striker Louis Black was a threat for long periods in the game, and he took his goal very well, shrugging off two defenders to finish into the bottom corner. He looked very capable, and with the ball at his feet, almost anything could happen.
Magic Moment
Hamilton Accies BC
Westerton United
Stephen Couplands’ second goal was different class all together. The passing move in the build up to the goal, but the flick to set himself up for the volley was superb, and the finish into the bottom corner couldn’t of been any more perfect.
Louis Black’s goal 25 minutes into the game gave his team a lifeline. He danced his way into the box, and finished excellently into the bottom corner.
Club Views
Hamilton Accies BC
Westerton United
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